Who We Are
Paul K. Fox
Artistic Director / Co-Founder
Paul Fox earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Music and a Master of Fine Arts in Music Education from Carnegie-Mellon University. He taught Orchestra and Chorus in the Upper St. Clair Schools for 35 years. He has served as Secretary/Treasurer of the Pennsylvania Music Educators Association (PMEA) District One, is a member of the American String Teachers Association (ASTA), the National School Orchestra Association and National Association for Music (NAfME). He currently holds positions as PMEA State Retired Members Coordinator, Member of the Steering Committee for Upper St. Clair Today Magazine, and Trustee of the Community Foundation of Upper St. Clair.
Donna S. Fox
Artistic Director / Co-Founder
Donna Stark Fox earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts and a Master of Fine Arts in Music from Carnegie-Mellon University with a major in violin. She was the Orchestra Director for the Peters Township Schools for 38 years. She has served as President and Editor for the Pennsylvania-Delaware String Teachers Association, and was both State and National Chair for the Tri-M Music Honor Society. In addition, she is a member of American String Teachers Association (ASTA), Pennsylvania Music Educators Association (PMEA), and National Association for Music (NAfME). She currently serves as an adjudicator for High Note Music Festivals and is Supervisor of Student Teachers in Music Education for Seton Hill University.
David recently transferred from Maryland (retired in June 2014) with more than 35 years teaching instrumental music classes and ensembles for the Montgomery County Public Schools (MCPS). His assignments have included teaching numerous band ensembles, orchestras, jazz ensembles, and AP Music Theory classes.
Most recently, David was the Director of Music Education for the Potomac Valley Youth Orchestras, as the liaison with education institutions, promoting PR efforts, coordinating audition adjudicators and sectional coaches, and assisting with setting audition standards and protocols. David served as Conductor with the Maryland Classic Youth Orchestras (MCYO) for 21 years; including six seasons as Director of Music Education and the MCYO Philharmonic Orchestra conductor.
For over two decades David played trumpet in the M Street Brass Quintet, an ensemble consisting of five local instrumental music teachers performing summer recitals and at various events throughout the year.
Janet Vukotich became involved with the orchestra in 1991 when her son, Chaz, joined the cello section. As a parent volunteer, she served on the trip committee, worked on concert attire and was the booster organization treasurer before booster president. After Chaz left for college in 1999, she volunteered to be the music librarian and then stepped into the managing director position. Janet is a chemical engineer with a bachelor’s degree from Carnegie Mellon and a master’s degree in education technology management from Carnegie Mellon. She has worked for the last 33 years for Westinghouse in the process control area. Janet is married to Chuck Vukotich, who helps out by driving the truck for trips and moving instruments as required.
Chaz Vukotich joined the orchestra in 1991 and played cello for seven years until he graduated from high school in 1999, moving from the back of the section to be the section leader during his last two years. He returned to the orchestra as an adult volunteer in 2006, helping with logistics and heavy lifting. Chaz has a Bachelor’s degree in Biomedical Engineering from Northwestern University and is currently working on his PhD at the University of Pittsburgh. Chaz married Alexis Papalia whom he met through friends that he had made in SHJO.
Christina grew up in Bethel Park and joined SHJO in the spring of '91 in the 2nd violin section. She played with the orchestra for 5 1/2 years, spending the last few in the first violin section. In 2015, Christina returned as a adult member once again playing violin. In addition to being an adult member, she volunteers through helping with graphics and other communications for the orchestra. These days you can find her in the percussion section playing timpani. Her husband John is also a volunteer and is currently the Booster President.